an enchanting book, and a must read!!
Highly recommended. A really touching story of redeeming love.
Former stableboy Ivan Tramore makes good, inheriting wealth and a legitimate title, while Lissa Alcester's fortunes spiral downward as the result of scandal, and Lissa finds herself undeniably attracted to this ruthless, vengeful man.
I was somewhat disappointed with this book. I liked the plot (bastard stableboy inherits lands & title; comes back for the woman he loved as a teenager), but, Lissa and Ivan are too unhappy with each other and don't really start having a good relationship until the last chapter of the book. Even after they first make love they are both still very suspicious & actually nasty toward each other. I wish they could have admitted to each other that they loved each other much sooner. The way the story played out, I wasn't liking the characters of Lissa or Ivan very much at all. For a romance novel, this story needed more tenderness.
It was five years since Elizabeth Alcester had laid eyes on her fomrer stable boy Ivan Tramore, five years since her world had collapsed in devasting ruin around her. Penniless and desperate, she finds herself at the mercy of a cruel ruthless stranger = a man who vows to possess her. Tramore had returned home in triumph - the unwanted bastard of Lord Iva, 11th Marquis of Powerscourt - the most powerful man in London. Yet one woman had sworn to defy him, the proud beautyh whose touch hand branded him forever.